AK denies study of marine invader near Sitka

SITKA — Alaska fisheries officials concerned about the spread of an invasive marine species have denied federal and university researchers permission to study the organism’s effect on herring eggs near Sitka.

Biologist Tammy Davis of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Tuesday the state will instead focus on eradicating Didemnum vexillum, also known as D vex, which has been found so far only in Sitka’s Whiting Harbor.

“We feel really hopeful that eradication is possible,” Davis said.

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